Tyson Chandler worked out on the Madison Square Garden court prior to the start of Sunday’s game, cautiously and gingerly running through the lightest of drills and each time testing himself to see if he felt the pain.

Chandler smiled as he explained he’d finally felt relief from the bulging disk in his cervical spine which has sidelined him for 10 games, and finally felt like he could move without pain. But despite his optimism, he offered no certainty as to when he will be able to take the court in a game.

He pointed to Tuesday in Miami as the goal but seemed far off from that Sunday.

"First time actually getting on the court again," he said. "It felt pretty good. Still obviously a little stiff, which I expected. But I’m not reacting, so that’s a good thing.

"That is the first time I’ve been able to lift my arms above my shoulders without feeling the pinch and spasm."

Chandler admitted that for him to get back, he would have to feel good enough to practice today and recover well enough in order to play against the Heat. But he was not playing at close to game speed in the non-contact work he conducted on the court.

The Knicks have 10 games left in the regular season, starting with a back-to-back in Miami and Atlanta.

While Chandler would like to get back to help his team, the Knicks ran their winning streak to eight games after beating the Celtics. And, as Chandler described it, the injury was far more severe than he’d previously indicated.

He said that for a time the pain was "excruciating," and that when practicing lightly a week ago he felt pain in his shoulder and down his arm.